Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Pine Grove-Odell United Methodist church will host a community Harvest Dinner Nov. 10 beginning at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to attend. Contributions for FISH Food Bank will be accepted.
The celebration will continue Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with a special harvest service led by lay Pastor Christy Matson. For more information, call Jean Stone at 541-386-2951.
The Hood River County Fairgrounds is currently being used for boat, car and RV storage through April 1. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Fair Manager Clara Rice at 541-354-2865.
Now that The Gorge Fruit and Craft Show is over, the next big thing at the fairgrounds will be the Last Chance Bazaar Dec. 8-9. Limited spaces are available.
Mid Valley Preschool teacher Socci Galvez thanks school principal Dennis McCauley, teacher Kim Yasui and all Mid Valley staff for making the preschool feel welcome.
“Children and staff are really enjoying being part of a big school, with the outdoor structure and the big gym for games and physical activities every day,” says Galvez.
The preschool has two open spaces; call Galvez at 541-806-3887 for more information.
Cub Scout Pack 378 held its annual pumpkin carving contest recently and had numerous great entries, reports Scoutmaster Nick Kirby.
Winners were as follows:
Scariest: Anthony Roseberry (1), Curtis Harju (2) and Brycen Lauritson (3); Funniest: Anthony Ortiz (1), Matoska Silva (2) and Clayton Green (3); Most Creative: Zeke Porter (1), Emilio Castaneda (2) and Weston Sieverkropp (3).
Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 378 are selling apple cider, just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (and every day, adds Kirby). Cost is $3 for a half-gallon and $5 for a gallon. All proceeds help boys pay for camp.
The Pack and Troop are seeking new members this fall. Cub Scouts are for boys in grades 1-5, and Boy Scouts for grades 5-12. Both groups welcome all boys and parents who want to share the experience. For more information (or to order cider), contact Nick Kirby at 541-354-1323.
The Gorge Marathon will be held Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. at the marina this year, and Mid Valley students are already logging miles at home and school. If they log 13.1 or 26.2 miles, they will receive a T-shirt at a special assembly in November.
Last year, 50 Mid Valley students participated in this free event, finishing the last leg of their marathons at the marina.
PE Specialist Fran Rabaliati encourages all her students to participate.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge